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Get The Number Of Columns And Rows In A Terminal Window With ENV Vars

July 2023

ENV Vars

Both bash and zsh set environmental vars for the number of columns and lines/rows in a terminal window. For example:

Code
echo $COLUMNS

-- results

56
Code
echo $ROWS

-- results

38
  • Not all shells set these ENV vars. Determining that is left as an exercise for the reader

  • There's also al tputs command is that can provide the info (link below)

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Footnotes And References

  • Use ``tputs`` To Get The Number Of Columns And Lines/Rows Count In A Terminal Window On A Mac